May 1 is just around the corner, and that means the end of Silver Dollar City’s World-Fest as we’ve known it for the past 22 years. While it’s the end of an era, it’s also the start of new activities and ideas coming to life in the popular theme park—including new food during Tastes of the Season.
We got a chance to experience the smells, tastes, and variety of the foods, plus talk with Jen Albrecht, a food supervisor in the Food Division of Herschend Family Entertainment, owner of the park and the nation’s largest family-owned entertainment corporation. She told us they have introduced 15 new menu items, including her personal favorite: the Arepas Rumberas Sandwich. It’s seasoned pulled pork topped with crumbled cheese and cilantro on a sweet corn bread bun, which she says “sets off the spiciness of the pork.”
Other items include a selection of international tastes ranging from Caribbean Nachos made with lime-flavored tortilla chips, jerk chicken, and mango-pineapple chutney, to Thai Flat Bread with a delicious peanut sauce base, to a Cubano sandwich topped with pickles and mustard. They also have sandwiches, calzones, stir fry and skillets, hot dogs in styles such as Chicago, and even a Crepe Suzette.
Albrecht said that the ideas for the new items came from researching trends combined with “what I think works locally.”
She added, “It’s a fairly big challenge to come up with exciting new ideas that are visually interesting, too.” Planning for the food began last fall.
World-Fest features performers from around the world to present international culture, music and dance. Try Cirque Zuma Zuma, a 28-member intense African circus showcase, or see Slàsk, the 35-member music and dance troupe from Poland, if you can make it before the festival closes!
Silver Dollar City is no stranger to change, brining in new attractions periodically—including new food and flavors. They say they’ll be replacing World-Fest with “something even bigger” by next spring.